Midday with Dan Rodricks

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Midday with Dan Rodricks as the host aired on WYPR until October 2, 2015.

Archive prior to February 25, 2014

Radio's Golden Age

Sep 18, 2015

From the Hindenburg disaster to FDR’s fireside chats, from Mae West to Dragnet, the 1930s, 40s, and 50s were considered the "Golden Age of Radio," a time when the medium exploded in popularity. In this hour of Midday, we listen back to notable moments from the golden age, hear some of the history of radio, and examine its influence on American society. Today, even with the rise of podcasts and online streaming, more than 90% of Americans still listen to a radio at some point, but radio stations face big challenges.

Midday Friday

Sep 18, 2015

The Anne Arundel County executive wants to prohibit medical marijuana in his county in the face of a state law that would allow it. We hear from Delegate Dan Morhaim, a doctor and legislator who pushed for the legalization of medical marijuana. And, a prominent Baltimore preacher says he’s running for the Congressional seat held by Elijah Cummings. But will Rev. Jamal Bryant challenge Cummings if he runs for re-election? WYPR Senior News Analyst C. Fraser Smith helps us sort that story out.

Freddie Gray Fallout - A Legal Perspective

Sep 17, 2015

From police body cameras and racial profiling to "felonious running" and Baltimore City's $6.4 million settlement with Gray's family, we discuss the fallout from the Freddie Gray case with two professors of law. Our guests: J. Amy Dillard, associate professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and David Harris, professor at the University of Pittsburg School of Law. 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

Sep 17, 2015

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief Jim Johnson talk about a $7 million plan to equip Baltimore County police officers with body cameras. Also, Kamenetz talks about a prediction that there could be up to 20,000 new jobs at Sparrows Point over the next decade, restoring the Point to its heyday. And we discuss the latest in plans for massive redevelopment in Towson, growing social and economic disparities in the Baltimore metropolitan region, and a Plan “B” for the nixed Red Line.

Midday on Media

Sep 16, 2015

David Zurawik, media critic for The Baltimore Sun, joins Midday for his take on recent events in news and television, including Stephen Colbert's new late night gig, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake's image, and the impending CNN GOP Debate.

Response to Europe's Refugee Crisis

Sep 16, 2015
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The UN estimates that, over the past year, more than 380,000 men, women and children have fled war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, traveling to Europe in search of a better life. The response to the crisis has been mixed. While Hungary has erected a fence to keep asylum seekers out, Germany may accept as many as 1 million refugees.

Dr. Mutter's Marvels

Sep 15, 2015

In the mid-19th century they were called “monsters,” men and women severely disfigured by disease, disaster, war, or accident, with very little quality of life. Dr. Thomas Mütter, a Philadelphia doctor, devote his career to making a difference in the lives of these outcasts. Author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz takes us back to the 1830's and the dawn of modern surgery in the book, “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine.”

Pope Francis's Visit To The United States

Sep 15, 2015

Certainly one of the most captivating public figures on the planet: Pope Francis Tweets, he eschews opulence, he admonishes bishops to be more pastoral. He’s likely the first Pope anyone called cool. Liberal in actions and attitude, yet conservative in what he ultimately says about church teaching, Francis comes to the U.S. next week. He will be the first pope to address Congress; observers expect him to speaks about racial injustice and income inequality. Ahead of the papal visit, a talk about the Francis pontificate with British journalist Paul Vallely, who has written extensively about Pope Francis and sees his papacy as a struggle for the soul of Catholicism. Plus we speak to two professors of theology: David Cloutier of Mount St. Mary's University and Fritz Bauerschmidt of Loyola University.  

Midday On The Bay

Sep 14, 2015

Rona Kobell of the Chesapeake Bay Journal joins us for another edition of Midday on the Bay. We’ll hear the latest in environmental news, including a news of a $19 million sewage treatment plant for northern Caroline County, where towns have struggled with failing septic systems since the 1980's. And we hear the story of how it took 7 years for one Maryland man to get a permit to grow oysters.

Jaclyn Borowski/ Baltimore Business Journal

Open phones for listener reaction to the news that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake will not seek re-election. Will this decision make her a lame duck for the rest of her term? Will she be able to return to political life in the future? Join Dan as he talks with Kimberly Moffitt, associate professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Doug Donovan, reporter for the Baltimore Sun, about how this announcement will impact both potential and declared candidates for mayor.